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Suzanne Balbo and Clint Towle
of Crooked Door Farm in Whitefield

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Suzanne Balbo and Clint Towle of MOFGA-certified organic Crooked Door Farm in Whitefield. The two MOFGA journeypersons raise vegetables on permanent beds using minimal tillage, a biodiesel walk-behind tractor and a variety of hand tools, including a broad fork. They also use organic seed and local, organic compost on the 3 acres they have in rotation. An unheated greenhouse, a seedling house, caterpillar tunnels and low hoops help extend the growing season. Laying hens and guinea hogs root around, while a neighbor's goats and sheep rotate around Crooked Door's nearly 14 acres of pasture. Balbo and Towle market through their CSA, at the Gardiner Area Farmers' Market, the Gardiner Co-op & Café, the Sheepscot General Store and from their farm. Learn more on the farm's website and on Facebook. Please support MOFGA certified organic farmers and producers!

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Sexual liberation in fish is nothing to celebrate
The Atlantic - 7/12/2012.
By Lindsay Abrams – A new study published yesterday in the journal Evolutionary Applications linking BPA to inter-species mating in fish may be troubling enough to make the issue worth revisiting.
Beware of the genetic tomato tamperers
Creators.com - 7/11/2012.
By Jim Hightower – Some people are too smart for your own good. Food geneticists, for example. These technicians have the smarts to tinker with the inner workings of Momma Nature's own good foods – but not the smarts to leave well enough alone.
Keeping kids safe on farms is everyone’s goal
Kennebec Journal - 7/11/2012.
Editorial – Officials in the U.S. Department of Labor recently proposed a rule limiting what kinds of jobs teenagers could hold in agricultural industries, including close relatives' family farms. The rules were in response to overall statistics showing that minors suffered a fatality rate four times higher in agricultural work than in other types of industry.
Eating for health
Portland Press Herald - 7/11/2012.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Watching her parents suffer through diet-related diseases, Dawn Harlor made a radical change to what she eats in hopes of staying healthy as she ages. "My parents both had strokes – my mom in her 80s and my dad in his 90s," said Harlor, who lives in Camden and is in her 60s. "And I wanted to be proactive about my arteries. I'm hoping to avert the same fate."
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